So many story lines that could have been expanded were left adrift. In place of these possibilities were endless repetitions of the Mother's Song and visits to caves. A six hour book expanded to fit thirty five hours. I assume this was her last book as she is clearly out of ideas.
I am an big fan of Jean Auel and the Clan Bear series. I found this book, both story and performance, to be disappointing.
What a disappointment! I was so excited to hear that the final chapter of Ayla was available. I wish she had left it at 5. #6 is not her lucky number. The book is BORING! I'll keep it on my MP3 player for those nights when I can't sleep. The narrator is worse. So did the flatheads teach Ayla to roll her r's? She has a hispanic accent! So distracting and so unbelievable. This narrator needs to find a new job. Sorry, but this is a definite thumbs down.
It has been many years since I read the Clan series and I was expecting so much more. I can't even finish it. I am finding the storyline boring and repetitious. The reader has given Ayla a german sounding accent that just doesn't seem to fit at all. Wish I had used my credit elsewhere!
I hate to say this to any author but the book is simply boring. You missed the "river boat" on this one. If you choose to write a seventh novel about our beloved characters, please don't rehash every single event from past books. You even rehashed events from previous chapters! It was a painful listen.
I never finished this book! This is quite unusual for me especially since I have read the entire series. I really looked forward to this book and downloaded it as soon as it came out, I have attempted to finish it numerous times with no luck.
audiobook junkie, listen to at least 2 a week-- in traffic, while cleaning, laundry, boredom.. Fav is paranormal, romance, erotica...
I have read and listened to the entire Earth's Children series many times. But I could not finish Auel's final book. Not only was the writing tedious and lacking plot, but the narrator was making my ears bleed-- the voice of Ayla was annoying and cringe-worthy. The character narration and interactions were flat.
Maybe I will try to read the book instead of listen to it in order to finish the series.
Very disappointing. The editor messed too! Too many words spoken by the characters using today's English particularily noticiable in The Mother's Song. Very trite with the constant introductions, and repetiton of the poem from the future. There simply is not a story line. And the 'trip' experienced in the cave had far too many words trying to describe it, less is best. No impact, no awe, a very sad ending indeed...
As a long time Auel fan I was so excited when this finally came out. But I was so disappointed! It just drug along and I got so sick of the mother's song that was repeated about 100 times or more. I loved all the characters in the previous novels but they all lacked personality and interest in this one. If Jean does another I hope she will liven up these people. I thought I would never get through this one.
I really wanted to love this,having enjoyed the previous Earth Childrens books, but....This latest offering is a re-hash of the previous Ayla stories. This would be wonderful if you had never read any of Jean Auel's books, but as someone who has....it is tedious!
SPOILER ALERT: The plot goes like this: Ayla nurses the baby...Insert the "Mothers Song", she nurses again, insert the Mother's song, she and Jondalar have the usual "he/she doesn't love me" misunderstanding, insert the Mothers song, She goes on a vague and confusing spiritual journey- Insert the Mother's song ...
The characters are usually so rich and real, and this book does nothing to expand on their stories. It just re-hashes, repeats and has a brief moment or two of tantalizing interest that quickly fades.
I stuck it out to the last page, but it wasn't easy.